AREG NEWS: AREG appoints new team and opens premises in Aberdeen’s Energy Transition Zone

November 27, 2023
AREG NEWS: AREG appoints new team and opens premises in Aberdeen’s Energy Transition Zone

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) has welcomed four new members of staff and moved into premises within the Energy Transition Zone (ETZ).

Following the appointment of five new board members in 2022, and to meet the demand for its membership services, the not-for-profit organisation has expanded its core team to include an operations manager, a business development executive, and two administrators.

Shona Teale, AREG’s newly appointed operations manager, has spent her career working within the energy sector. Most recently she was responsible for managing projects within the energy transition team at OPITO, where she had a focus on the North Sea Transition Deal and working towards safeguarding the future of the industry.

Having worked alongside AREG in her role at OPITO, Shona said: “I have always admired AREG and the work it is doing to encourage companies to move into the renewables space and for its support to young people through the Renewable Energy Young Professionals Network.

“It is such an exciting time to be involved with AREG as it celebrates its twentieth anniversary. With a long-standing presence in the energy sector, supporting transition before the government had set its net zero goals, AREG is a cornerstone of the industry. I would love for it to be a name synonymous with the energy transition and sustainability and to expand its offering and membership services beyond Aberdeen and into the global market.”

Chloe Giles, business development executive, will work alongside Shona to support AREG’s growth, looking into new opportunities for companies of all sizes and helping to expand its membership base.

Sarah Wells and Tania Qadir will work together as administrators to support the wider AREG team and the diverse membership community. They will all be based in ETZ’s W-Zero-1 building in Altens.

AREG’s mission is to help its members take advantage of increasing opportunities in renewables and to champion the sector, helping build Scotland’s reputation for excellence in energy.

Jean Morrison, AREG’s chairperson, said: “With the Scottish Government’s target to generate 50% of the country’s overall energy demand from renewables by 2030 and reach net zero by 2045, there is a growing demand for the energy sector to transition to greener sources of power.

“AREG has something unique to offer companies transitioning their products and services to meet the needs of a greener future. The move to W-Zero-1 and the appointment of the new team will enable AREG to enhance its support for our members and help them meet the challenges ahead.

“Our membership spans many industries and geographies which are collectively building momentum around renewable development, and we are seeing a broader range of companies joining us as awareness about the climate crisis deepens and there is an increased urgency for businesses to adapt.

“The success of the energy transition globally depends on the evolution of the energy industry from fossil fuels to low-carbon sources of power by the second half of this century and AREG welcomes all organisations working towards net zero.

“I’d like to personally thank Aberdein Considine and TAQA for the support they have provided with the purchase and installation of IT equipment for our new office.”

After hosting its first Energy Futures conference and exhibition last year, AREG has fronted a series of ‘meet the developer’ webinars, and networks throughout 2023 and is set to launch its 2024 series of Energy Futures events and sponsorship opportunities.

AREG celebrates its twenty-first anniversary in 2024 and is one of the original energy transition organisations. It has led and supported major renewables projects and the growing interest in scaling up low-carbon solutions to enable net zero.

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise